noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər \

Definition of warrior

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors
Recent Examples on the Web There's a parent advocate for the deaf community, a social justice warrior and a certified nurse midwife. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit gets a 'Human Atlas' through portraits and DNA ancestry of 100 people," 12 Oct. 2020 While 21st-century identities may not map perfectly onto the Vikings’ understandings of gender, the most likely explanation is that the Birka tomb’s occupant was a woman warrior. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "DNA Analysis Suggests Mother and Son Were Buried in Famous Viking Grave," 9 Oct. 2020 Over the last two decades, researchers have theorized that punctures in Stan’s skull and fused neck vertebrae demonstrate that this Tyrannosaur was a warrior, one likely to have survived attacks from his own species. Zachary Small, New York Times, "T. Rex Skeleton Brings $31.8 Million at Christie’s Auction," 6 Oct. 2020 The judge commended Luper calling her a survivor and a warrior. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Beating survivor says part of her never left bathroom where she was hid for 16 hours," 2 Oct. 2020 Hua Mulan surely has come a long way as a woman and a warrior over the course of one century. Martin Tsai, Washington Post, "The live-action ‘Mulan’ is not the first retelling of the legend. Or the second. Or the sixth.," 4 Sep. 2020 Besides being a mom-of-three and an HGTV star, Christina Anstead is a wellness warrior. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Says Acupuncture Helped Her Overcome Infertility," 3 Sep. 2020 Latter-day Saints believe that the Angel Moroni, the last warrior/prophet named in the Book of Mormon, visited Smith for years, starting in 1823, describing Nephite history. Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Scholars turn anew to an old question: If Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, how did he do it?," 28 Sep. 2020 Lee is a warrior for Georgia girls like me, who grew up eating collard greens and cheese grits, coveting Chanel, and who rarely see accurate representations of ourselves outside of our own circles. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "Precious Lee: "Plus Is Extra. I'm Going to Go Extra Hard."," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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The first known use of warrior was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2020

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“Warrior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrior. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər \

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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